Looks like we will have to wait for the official coronation of Melbourne becoming the esports capital of Australia just a bit longer.
In light of the current global health situation, Melbourne Esports Open and IEM Melbourne will be postponed until August 21-22 2021. You can read the announcement from both MEO and ESL below.
Despite this set back, all tickets purchased thus far will be valid for next year’s event and refunds will be made available for those who request it for both MEO and IEM.
On a good note, the League of Legends OPL Grand Final for Split 2 will go ahead on August 28, so stay tuned to Riot for details on how to tune in. Quietly hoping for Legacy to go back to back here.
For CSGO, there are still plenty of high level online tournaments you can tune into on Twitch. Will be interesting to see how the online leagues evolve and what teams will make to the great down under for the inaugural IEM Melbourne.
Personally, I am little gutted but also relieved that the right decision has been made for everyone’s sake with the global pandemic currently. Will be interesting to see how other events close to home are affected. I know that PAX AUS is still forging ahead for October 9-11. I expect the look and feel will be remarkably different to previous years considering the bans on international travel and health practices currently in place.
GamesCom Asia is another interesting event that appears to be moving forward with their event in Singapore. However, they have implemented a lot of restrictions recently to curb the spread of COVID-19 as well.
Regardless, I still believe MEO and ESL have made the right decision and maybe we can see something online to fill the gap during this time for us locally.
Looking forward to seeing you all and catching up soon on the other side!
The Melbourne Esports Open will no longer take place in 2020, and instead has been rescheduled to the weekend of August 21-22, 2021. This decision has been reached in light of the current global health situation, and is in line with protective measures implemented in respect of mass gatherings, and importantly, is made in the interest of safety for players, staff, and fans looking to attend the event.
If you have already booked your trip to Melbourne in 2020, we recommend you reschedule any bookings where possible. Your purchased tickets for 2020 still remain fully valid for the Melbourne Esports Open in 2021. If you already know you can’t make the new dates, you are able to request a refund anytime over the next month through Ticketek.
The Intel Extreme Masters will be returning to the Melbourne Esports Open in 2021 also, with all tickets purchased in 2020 staying valid for next year’s event. Stay tuned for more information on the Melbourne Esports Open 2021.
The 2020 League of Legends Oceanic Pro League (OPL) Grand Final will still take place on Friday 28 August 2020 – further details to be released by Riot Games in due course. The top two OPL teams from Split 2, starting Friday 5 June, will compete for a coveted spot at the League of Legends 10th World Championships, set to be hosted in China.
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In light of the current global health situation, local restrictions on gatherings, it’s with a heavy heart we communicate that IEM Melbourne will no longer take place in 2020, and instead has been rescheduled to August 21-22, 2021.
We will be heading to Rod Laver Arena at the 2021 edition of the Melbourne Esports Open, which will take place over the weekend of August 21-22, 2021. If you have already booked your trip to Melbourne in 2020, we recommend you cancel your trip and reschedule any bookings where possible. Your purchased tickets for 2020 still remain fully valid for IEM Melbourne 2021. If you already know you can’t make the new dates, you are able to request a refund anytime over the next month through Ticketek. Please contact our support team via firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, or join our event Discord.
Over the last three years, the entire team at ESL Australia, and ESL crew from around the world have looked forward to IEM as one of the highlights of our year – like every CS:GO fan in the country. Thousands have come to watch some truly memorable games, and to take their place in what is the best crowd in esports. We are looking forward to being able to deliver these memories once again in 2021, and hope to see you there.